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3D Printing Careers: Research and Development Jobs

By Staff Writter

3D Printing Careers: Research and Development Jobs

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3D printing careers are becoming much more plentiful as time goes on, even though some are still evolving based on their potential. One of those career fields that could become an excellent opportunity for creative people is research and development on 3D products. With so many potentials of 3D printing being able to create consumer products, the demand may be very high in this career area. But with recent reports of not enough attention being paid yet in research and development, will it take longer to bloom as a major career option?

The Potentials for Research and Development

With wearable devices becoming so popular lately, plus the ability to print those items through a 3D printer, companies are going to need 3D printing research and development teams. In such a job, you'd be responsible for finding ways to produce products through the cheapest possible methods. 3D printing would be an affordable option that could save companies thousands if not millions without needing to go through a lengthy manufacturing process.

Regardless, research and development managers also have to scout out the most affordable materials on those 3D printers. Afterward, and once the research side of things are done, they'll figure out how best to develop the products. This might have to be the result of purchasing multiple 3D printers to keep up with high demand. Also, decisions have to be made on which products should be created with a 3D printer, even as the abilities exist to create just about anything.

It's this cross section of technology and consumer products that could make research and development careers quite lucrative, notes Business News Daily. However, some reports indicate the potential still has plenty room to grow.

The Future of Research and Development in 3D Printing

Bloomberg Businessweek recently published an article noting how 3D printer maker 3D Systems spends a very small fraction of their budget on research and development. They do this despite being one of the leading companies in providing 3D printers and materials. In the Bloomberg piece, it's also noted that various tech companies (like Hewlett-Packard and Apple) have yet to invest in the 3D printing market.

The above neglect seems to give the impression that research and development could end up slowing down the potentials of 3D printing. Is that really a sign of things, or is it only because many companies are waiting until every household and business has a 3D printer first?

Research and development jobs will obviously be more plentiful when there's knowledge of a demand in 3D printed items. And with 3D printing becoming in wider use as each day passes, a career in research and development of 3D products will likely open up to those with marketing degrees.